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Agencies face clunky switch to agile IT development

Departments face challenges with contracting, hardware and policies, two years after OMB included agile development in its 25-point IT reform plan. The approach aims to make development more effective and efficient, but the switch itself has been far from agile.

Tags: technology , AFCEA , agile development , Shawn Kingsberry , Vivek Kundra , Thomas Sasala , Mark Schwartz , Ruben Gomez , Recovery Board , Citizen and Immigration Services , Army IT agency

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 06:20am EDT
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VanRoekel says IT reform plan 'shocked' system into change

OMB highlights successes of 25-point strategy on its 18-month anniversary. Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel said agencies saved $100 million from moving email to the cloud. There now are more than 1,000 qualified program managers in the new job series. The IT reform plan helps institute culture change from CIOs on down.
June 7, 2012(Encore presentation July 5, 2012)

Tags: technology , management , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Mike Hettinger , SIIA , cloud computing , shared services , data center consolidation , TechStat , FedRAMP , acquisition , Jason Miller , Ask the CIO , PortfolioStat , agile development , 2210 job series , IT acquisition

Friday - 06/08/2012, 12:27am EDT
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CIOs influence growing around mission, budget, survey finds

More than half of the CIOs and deputy CIOs who responded to an exclusive online Federal News Radio survey about their 2012 priorities said the recent Office of Management and Budget memo giving them oversight over commodity IT spending either will improve how they manage IT spending or codifies their existing authorities. More than two-thirds of the respondents said their agency's senior decision-makers value their input and 80 percent said those same leaders understand the value information technology brings to the mission.

Tags: CIO survey , Jason Miller , OMB , budget , management , technology , IT , cloud computing , 2011 and Beyond , CIO authorities

Tuesday - 01/17/2012, 04:24pm EST
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GAO highlights 9 critical success factors for IT projects

A new report details how seven technology projects worth $5 billion found success. Auditors found program manager and user engagement is the one every initiative had in common.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , project management , GAO , OMB , best practices , Susan Collins , Tom Carper , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Information Technology Investment Management Act of 2011 , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 02:39pm EST
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Panel: Cloud computing 'new way of doing business'

Fred Whiteside, project manager for the cloud computing program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Wolf Tombe, chief technology officer, Customs and Border Protection joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris for a panel discussion on cloud computing in government.

Tags: cloud computing , Federal Drive , IT , CBP , NIST , Fred Whiteside , Wolf Tombe

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 01:02pm EDT
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Acquisition workforce showing signs of change

OFPP administrator Dan Gordon said the morale of contracting officers and other acquisition workers is improving. OPM issued a new IT program and project management competency guidance.

Tags: acquisition , technology , Dan Gordon , OFPP , John Berry , OPM , acquisition workforce , IT program management , DAU , FAI , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 07/20/2011, 11:52am EDT